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Latino Heritage Month: Latino Heritage Month 2017

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 2017 LATINO HERITAGE MONTH

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               LATINO HERITAGE MONTH
                              
2017

                        
Celebrates

                UNIDOS - UNITED

 


Wednesday, May 3 
   
(12:30 - 1 p.m.,Smithwick Theatre Patio)
COLLEGE HOUR: LHM OPENING CEREMONY -- UNIDOS - UNITED!
Join us as we celebrate the opening of Latino Heritage Month with live music by Blanc Bandera -- a rock band known for its cover music of Spanish rock hits. View "The Dreamers," a mural designed to celebrate the hope, achievements, and aspirations of our undocumented students that are given the opportunity to attend college through scholarships. .

Wednesday, May 10     
(12 - 1:30 p.m., Appreciation Hall, Room 1501)
LHM FILM FESTIVAL: NO LE DIGAS A NADIE

LHM Film screening of "Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie),"  Twenty-four year old Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her journey of being undocumented and sexually abused. The film follows Angy's story from living a life in poverty to becoming part of a national movement for change. 

Monday, May 15      (12 - 1 p.m., Hearthside Lounge, Room 2313)
LHM LECTURE SERIES I: LATINA IN LEADERSHIP
Laura Casas, President of Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees will speak about the obstacles she has overcome to achieve her life goals. She will share her journey through education, career and current role as a leader of one of the top community college districts.

Wednesday,  May 17      (12 - 1 p.m., Foothill Library)

LHM ART & PHOTO EXHIBIT: PASSAGE OF LIFE
Join us for the opening of an art exhibit with work from Foothill College student Missy Hart. Missy's art is dedicated to all those past and present fighting for a better future and includes work celebrating unique cultural differences of various Latin American countries.  In addition, a photo exhibit is presented by members of the Foothill College Club de Espanol. Photos by Patrick Ralph and Dominic Pang focus on South America street art. Artists will discuss their backgrounds and artwork.

Friday, May 19     
(11 A.M. -- 12 p.m., Hearthside Lounge, Room 2313)
LHM LECTURE SERIES II: STUDENT TESTIMONIALS: TRANSFER EXPERIENCES
Meet with former Foothill Latino students who are currently attending four-year universities.  Ask them about their Foothill College experience, what helped them in their preparation to transfer, and what their current university experiences are as transfer students. Co-sponsored by the Transfer Center..

Wednesday, May 24      (12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Hearthside Lounge, Room 2313))
LHM LECTURE SERIES III: PROFESSIONALS' PANEL
Meet a panel of Latino professionals who are currently in the workforce. Find out about their educational and career journeys. Co-sponsored by the Transfer Center.

Tuesday, May 30     (10 a.m. - 12 noon, Appreciation Hall, Room, 1501)
LHM LECTURE SERIES IV: INTERSECTIONAL RESISTANCE THROUGH POETRY AND STORYTELLING
Join Javier Zamora and Yosimar Reyes, two undocumented writers who will read their work and celebrate their intersectional powers of resistance through poetry and performance.

Wednesday, May 31      (12 noon - 1 p.m., Library Quad)

COLLEGE HOUR: LATINE HERITAGE MONTH CLOSING CEREMONY
Enjoy a cultural performance by Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro. Play Latin carnival-style games and participate in creative Latin traditions.

Foothill College Heritage & Health Series

Foothill students, faculty and staff recognize the cultural diversity of the campus community throughout the year with a series of heritage month events celebrating Jewish Heritage, Black History, Women's History, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage, Latino Heritage and LGBTQ Heritage. 

Foothill College celebrates Latino Heritage Month during the month of May.  The theme for the 2017 Latino Heritage Month celebration is "Unidos -- United!"  View the calendar of events in the left column.  

For additional information on Foothill College heritage month celebrations contact the Student Activities Office at (650) 949-7282, visit the Foothill College Heritage and Health Series web page, or drop by the Campus Center Student Activities Office, Room 2009.   

History of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to a 30-day period.  It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicarague.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. 


Information from Library of Congress